Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, Ephesians 5:15-18 (ESV)
That is a very important word. What word? Look, I want you to look carefully how you walk through life. I understand the word look. I hear what you are saying to me. I’m just not sure what I am supposed to look at that will help me to walk carefully through life. I will ask you a few questions to help you to understand. I’m listening. How well have you walked through life when you have looked to yourself for wisdom and understanding? I can easily answer that question. When I have looked to myself for wisdom and understanding I have not walked carefully through life. I have made huge mistakes. I have taken gigantic missteps. I have gone completely the wrong direction. I have wasted a tremendous amount of time. My own weak understanding and faulty wisdom has led me to sin against you in my thoughts, words, and deeds. I have done what I should not have done. I have failed to do what I should have done. So, your own wisdom and understanding has not helped you to walk carefully through life or make the best use of your time. That’s right.
Are you ready for another question? Yes, I am. How has looking at the wisdom and understanding of the world helped you to look and walk carefully through life. Looking to the world for wisdom and understanding has been no better and probably far worse than looking to my own. Why is that? The world’s wisdom and understanding stands in direct opposition to you. Yes, it does. I would never be able to live the life you have called me to live if I looked for advice from the world. So, you have ruled out following the wisdom and understanding of the world. Yes, I have. That’s good.
So far, you have ruled out following your own and the world’s wisdom and understanding. That’s right. What else does that leave? I will look to you to follow your wisdom and understanding. That’s good. Where will you find my wisdom and understanding? I will find your wisdom and understanding in your word. Yes, you will. I will meet with you in your word. I will listen carefully to everything you want to say to me. I will look to guidance and direction from you in your word. Who will help you to understand and apply my word to your life? Your Holy Spirit will help me to understand your word. Your Holy Spirit will apply your word to my life. Your Holy Spirit will help me to make the best use of my time by living the life that you have called me to live. That’s right. That’s what I want. That’s what I will do. That will be very good.
Lord, help me to walk carefully through life. Help me to live a wise life. I want to know and do your will. I will walk away from evil. I will make the very best use of the time you have given to me. Holy Spirit, empower me to live the life I have been called to live. Amen
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